Don’t be bashful about using controversial topics, like the war on Christmas, from time to time in your small group Bible study. Especially if it ties to current events that your members will be discussing and dealing with outside of the small group.
Of course, don’t discuss a controversial topic just because it is controversial. Do it only when it will serve a useful purpose for your small group members. I also recommend you do this once the group has built respect and trust with each other. Don’t try to discuss a hot topic that could be divisive with a brand new group.
Before the discussion, remind your group members about the ground rules in your small group agreement. It should discuss items like being respectful of each other. The group leader will need to be diligent in making sure group members follow the rules. But, it will be worth the effort because the small group members will walk away with:
- Different perspectives on the topic tied to scripture
- A desire to seek Holy Spirit’s guidance on this topic
- Practical ways to immediately start doing what was learned
War on Christmas
As this Christmas season approaches, the topic of companies and people attacking or removing things celebrating Christmas is in the news headlines. This is not the first time. Removing nativity scenes from public display and using “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” are just a couple of war on Christmas controversies that have sparked outcries and boycotts for many years.
Below are some questions to consider as you think about including this topic into your small group discussion. Make sure to use scriptures and examples from the Bible to back up member opinions as much as possible.
- What is the meaning of Christmas to a Christian? What does Christmas mean to those of other religions?
- What was the reason for Jesus’ birth?
- Should we care if companies remove Christmas decorations from their products or displays?
- If so, what is the reason we should care and why don’t we focus as much or more on those that never used Christmas decor in the first place?
- If not, what is the reason we shouldn’t care and why do you believe many Christians get worked up about it and even boycott these companies?
- What do you believe Jesus would do in these situations? Give one or more examples from the Bible to back up your belief.
- What should we expect companies led by non-Christians to do about promoting Christmas?
- What criteria do you use to decide which companies to do business with? Do you do business with companies run by non-Christians? What are some of the best ways for us to be a witness to them and their staff?
- What are some practical ways Christians can use the Christmas season to witness to others?
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